PENNSYLVANIA — Governor Josh Shapiro this week announced plans to expand the Keystone Early Learning Center, a year-round childcare center for Commonwealth employees, and visited with state workers at the Center to discuss the Shapiro Administration’s investments in Pennsylvania families.
The Keystone Early Learning Center currently serves more than 60 children and has a growing waitlist of families who need childcare. The expansion, which is expected to be complete in early summer 2024, will double the number of families the Center serves, helping even more Commonwealth employees get access to childcare services. The funding will be provided through the Department of General Services and the project is estimated to cost up to $1.3 million.
“We can’t ignore the fact that it’s hard for parents to get to work in the first place if they don’t have affordable childcare options,” said Governor Shapiro. “By expanding the Keystone Early Learning Center, we can make sure more children have safe, high-quality care and help their hardworking parents rest easier as they serve the Commonwealth day in and day out. Expanding access to affordable childcare opens new opportunities for children and their parents alike, and helps address critical workforce shortages, which is why my budget increases funding for childcare and helps recruit more teachers and professionals to fill shortages across the Commonwealth.”
According to the Pennsylvania Chamber, Pennsylvania’s economy loses nearly $3.5 billion a year because of a lack of childcare options – and in any given year, over a third of Pennsylvania parents report that childcare problems impacted their job.